City demands repairs on abandoned Bed-Stuy buildings

TRD NEW YORK /
Nov.November 22, 2013 02:20 PM

The city Department of Buildings has issued summonses demanding the owners of three problem properties along Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Lafayette Avenue repair damages that have spurred rat infestations, flooding and fires.

The properties, located at 874, 876 And 880 Lafayette Avenue, have long been plagued by unsafe conditions, residents told DNAinfo. At No. 874, a flood destroyed the basement and took out a wall. And No. 857 was ravaged by a three-alarm fire in April that injured three firefighters and caused damage to neighboring properties, the FDNY told DNAinfo.

Yolie Schwartz, who owned No. 857 at the time of the flood, told DNAinfo that reimbursing the resident for the damage depended: “If you’re talking about a million dollars, the answer’s no. If you’re talking about a couple hundred, OK,” he told DNAinfo.

Oscar Kohn, the building’s current owner, purchased the property Aug. 15 for $175,000 and told DNAinfo that he plans to fix up the property. “I don’t get involved, I have management who takes care of the whole thing,” he told DNAinfo when asked if he was aware of the building’s recorded problems.

DNAinfo was unable to reach the owners of 874 and 880 Lafayette Avenue.

DOB can ask the court to assume control of the buildings or demolish them if they are not fixed by Dec. 3, according to the summonses, cited by DNAinfo. [DNAinfo]Julie Strickland


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
34 Union Avenue in Brooklyn (Credit: Google Maps)

Rabsky Group planning another Williamsburg mixed-use project

(Credit: iStock)

City’s basement apartment crackdown ramps up

DOB Commissioner Melanie La Rocca (inset) (Credit: iStock)

After façade deaths, city considers using drones for building inspections

Joseph Chetrit and 88-20 153rd Street (Credit: Getty Images, Google Maps)

Chetrit plans fifth apartment building at Jamaica hospital site

136-18 Maple Avenue (Credit: Google Maps)

Flushing real estate boom continues with another mixed-use project

Central Park Tower

Lendlease disputes city’s penalty in 2018 death at Central Park Tower

Golden Shopping Mall at 41-28 Main Street in Flushing (Credit: Google Maps)

Woman killed by panel that fell from Queens strip mall: officials

Cooking gas outages are frustrating many New Yorkers (Credit: iStock)

No gas in your apartment? Don’t hold your breath

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...